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Rouhani advances banking issues in European meetings

TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) – Restrictions in Iran’s banking and financial transactions have been a major issue to advance for President Rouhani in his New York meetings with European countries.

In a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven, Mr. Rouhani pursued his major theme of promoting the cause of Iran’s banking restrictions as well; “Iran welcomes transfer of technologies and investment from Sweden; both sides should support and encourage bilateral trade and cooperation. In banking sector, addressing Iran’s problems in doing banking transactions would transform trade with major European countries to a new improved status,” he told the meeting.

“Sweden and other European countries should provide necessary guarantees to companies in working with Iran and that they will not be subject to punitive measures and fines; taking steps in this path is part of the commitments JCPOA predicts for parties to the deal and the UN as well,” Rouhani told Swedish prime minister.

Mr. Löfven for his part said that his country welcomed Iran’s proposal to address banking sector problems; he shared Rouhani’s views on terrorism in the Middle East and the crisis in Yemen, where intervention in Syria and Yemen had rendered these countries devastated; “all should work to restore peace to these countries through political and diplomatic efforts,” he added.

Rouhani met in the same day with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to advance the major theme of his meetings. “Today, both Norway and Iran should exhaust the opportunities provided by JCPOA to benefit their nations; Iran welcomes Norwegian companies in its economic projects; Tehran and Oslo would contribute to the reigon through working effectively to tackle terrorism along with international community,” Rouhani told Solberg, who hailed improving relations with Tehran after the JCPOA, emphasizing that Norway had necessary resolve to deepen ties with Iran.

A third yet meeting for Rouhani on agenda was with Presidents of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann. President Rouhani highlighted investments in joint economic projects with Switzerland as a means to accelerate economic cooperation, along with his general demand that Switzerland should contribute to dealing with restrictions on Iran’s banking sector which crippled the financial sector of the country, to which Swiss side responded with his country’s will to improve financial relations with Iran and also to address Iran’s concerns in this regard. “Iran is an important investment hub in the region and we welcome it as a potential market for technological services and products; “Switzerland pursues a general policy of improving relations with Iran to the highest possible levels,” Mr. Schneider-Ammann ensured Rouhani.

By Mehr News Agency